Solar Panels That You Can Drive, Park, and Walk On
Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels created by Scott and Julie Brushaw, a couple residing in Sagle, Idaho. The solar panels, which come in two hexagonal sizes, can be used to pave roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, and playgrounds, and can provide electricity to homes and businesses connected to those pathways with exposure to sunlight.
Each panel comes equipped with heating elements to stay snow and ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and an attached cable corridor to treat stormwater and house data cables. Mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving. Each panel also consists of a very thick recycled glass material, subjected to traction testing, impact resistance testing, and load testing of up to 250,000 pounds.
Solar Roadways has received two phases of funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration for research and development of a paving system that will pay for itself over its lifespan. Phase II is about to commence which consists of building a prototype parking lot, and the creators need your help. You can view more details about this project and make a contribution on the Solar Roadways Indiegogo Campaign page.